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Friends of the Palomar College Arboretum

Month: November 2012

California Native Plants – Feb. 25, 2012

“California Native Plants”
with Wayne Armstrong

Held on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Room NS-139

After the lecture Ed Schwind hosted a California Native Plant Sale.
Thank you to both Wayne and Ed for your time and expertise.

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Annual Plant Sale – October 6, 2011

Annual Plant Sale
Held on Thursday, October 6, 2011
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Donations courtesy of:
Bamboo Headquarters
Exotica Nursery
Green Thumb Nursery
Tropic World Nursery
The Return of the Native with Ed Schwinn
(Ed is a vendor at the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market at the Vista Courthouse)
Thank you very much to our wonderful donors!

Proceeds go for the care and feeding of our beautiful Palomar College Arboretum.
Thank you for supporting our fundraiser!

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The Kingdom Fungi – September 17, 2011

The Kingdom Fungi
with Steve Farrar, Horticulturist
Held on Saturday, September 17, 2011
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
San Marcos Campus in Room NS-259

Thank you to Steve Farrar for his interesting and informative lecture about mushrooms. Thank you for volunteering your time and presenting an excellent lecture.

Mr. Farrar has almost 30 years of experience in various aspects of the mushroom industry
including mushroom farm design, construction and startup; mushroom cultivation equipment
sales, cultivation of culinary mushrooms (Oyster, King Trumpet, Shiitake, Maitake, Enoki,
Shimeji), cultivation of medicinal mushrooms (Cordyceps, Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Turkey Tail, etc) for dietary supplement products; and the utilization of spent mushroom compost.

Great lecture about the remarkable kingdom of life touching upon fungal biology and life cycles, mushroom cultivation technologies, fungal biotechnology, culinary mushrooms, medicinal mushrooms, mushroom nutrition and the health benefits of mushrooms.

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Steven Farrar being interviewed by Dr. Mercola:
These video interviews are in 5 parts.

Cactus & Succulent Care Workshop – June 4, 2011

Cactus and Succulent Care Workshop
with Dick Henderson, Garden Manager
June 4, 2011
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
The cactus and succulent garden, located at Comet Circle Drive and Mission Road, offers about 3,000 varieties of plants from around the world. The workshop will include a tour of the garden, a discussion of the use and history of the plants and the basics of succulent plant care. Particapants were given cuttings of “easy to grow” succulents and they potted them to take home.

See pictures of the day.  CactusSucculentWorkshop2011 (pdf file)

Discover the Plants of Palomar College Walking Tour – June 11, 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2011
Discover The Plants of Palomar College Walking Tour

with Tony Rangel
10:00 am – Noon
Met in front of the Howard Brubeck Theater entrance

This tour started in front of the Howard Brubeck Theater, then Mr. Rangel walked the attendees throughout the campus, facilities greenhouse and ended the tour in the Arboretum. Mr. Rangel talked about the great diversity of the plants on campus. He touched on some history of where the plants came from, information about endangered plants, how often plants have been moved or trimmed and the reasons for having such a diverse collection of plants on a community college campus.

Thank you Tony Rangel for his informative and interesting tour of the plants on our campus and Arboretum!

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Members Appreciation Dinner – May 12, 2011

The Friends of the Palomar College Arboretum Annual Members Dinner was held on May 12, 2011 at the Patron’s Friendship Pavilion. Several members were honored for their outstanding contributions to the Arboretum during the past 40 years. Appreciation awards and lifetime memberships were presented to James Robert Kelly, co-founder of the Arboretum; Wayne Armstrong, Life Sciences; Richard Borevitz Irrigation Specialist, Dick Henderson, Cactus & Succulent Horticulturist, and Bill Adams, M.D. The highlight of the evening was James Robert “Bob” Kelly, whose dream of a campus arboretum 40 years ago finally became a reality.

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The Ins & Outs of Growing Tomatoes

Saturday, May 21, 2011
The Ins and Outs of Growing Tomatoes
(and other veggies)
with Richard Borevitz
9:00 am to 10:30 am
Patron’s Friendship Pavilion in the Arboretum – San Marcos Campus

The Gardening Guru answered your deepest veggie questions.
Mr. Borevitz concentrated on tomatoes for this lecture. (varieties, disease resistance, pruning, staking, watering, fertilizing and tomato pests)
With a little help, you can be on your way to a beginning in growing many of your own vegetable crops.

Mr. Borevitz is the owner/operator of Gourmet Gardens for over 16+ years and a seed distributor for over 30 years.
Owner of Agricultural Irrigation Systems, Inc for 33 years.
Richard Borevitz: